Simon Booth commenced working in the Preston-headquartered business in 1975, joining the family board of directors in 1984.
He took a keen interest in the fresh food packing and production department latterly taking responsibility for the development of this area and central distribution as a member of the operating board.
Simon, a cousin of chairman Edwin, became a Non – Executive Director of the company board in 2018 and has supported Booths as a director for 35 years.
He stepped down from the board at the company’s Annual General Meeting on September 18.
A spokesman said: “The board wishes to thank Simon for his support and contributions to both the board and the company as a whole over a career spanning 44 years.”